Maruti Suzuki is in the process of a complete overhaul of its image in India from being a budget family car to a high-end beast model. The company has already had a change in reputation inclining towards becoming a premium brand. The introduction of cars like Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and dealership concepts like Nexa and Maruti Suzuki Arena has made their image transformation easier. It will also improve performance & fuel efficiency.
All of the Maruti Suzuki cars sold in India come with a five-speed transmission. The one thing that was missing from Maruti Suzuki cars was a six-speed gearbox. Preliminary reports suggest that Maruti Suzuki has confirmed six-speed gearboxes for its cars rolling out this year.
Any car from Maruti Suzuki Alto to Ciaz is currently sold with a five-speed gearbox, but a six-speed unit is coming soon. It has been codenamed MF30 and will improve the performance of the cars.
“Maruti is looking to shore up the use of six-speed transmissions in a gradual way. Starting with 50,000 units in the first year the demand is projected to go to 400,000 units per year by 2020”, an industry source told Money Control.
The first Maruti Suzuki car to get a six-speed gearbox is expected to be the newly launched Maruti Suzuki Swift hatchback. An additional gear will enhance fuel efficiency and power delivery as well. This is, however, not the first time a Maruti Suzuki car will have a six-speed gearbox. The previous generation Maruti Suzuki S-Cross came with a 1.6-litre diesel engine paired with a six-speed unit. The new S-Cross comes with a 1.3-litre diesel engine paired with a five-speed gearbox.